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Rainn Wilson's 10 favorite science fiction books

July 29, 2011 |  7:41 am

What do Ray Bradbury, John Norman and Jack Vance have in common? They've all written some of actor Rainn Wilson's favorite science fiction books. Best known for playing geeky guy Dwight on "The Office," Wilson was a secret science fiction and fantasy geek growing up in the '70s.

"My dad was an aspiring sci-fi author and we used to go every year to NorWesCon,the sci-fi and fantasy convention of Seattle," Wilson writes on Hero Complex, our excellent sibling blog.

The most bizarre, mossy, unwashed nerds of the northwest would crawl out of their caves and cabins and caverns and descend upon the Ramada Inn at Sea-Tac airport for a weekend of lectures, book signings and Dungeons & Dragons gaming.

My parents were a couple of odd bohemians living in suburban Seattle. We didn’t have much money but my dad had an awesome rule: As many books as I wanted, he would buy me.

What did they buy? "Stormbringer," "Swords Against Death," "Kull: the Fabulous Warrior King" and more. Get the whole story at Hero Complex, which includes photos of the fantastical paperbacks' covers.


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Photo: Cover of "Kull: The Fabulous Warrior King." Credit: Rainn Wilson